52 Ancestors: #50 Edward Francis Noble (1877 – 1953)

Posted on December 16, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to both his baptismal record from St. Edward’s RC church and his WWI Draft Registration, Edward Francis Noble was born 12 April 1877 in Mount Carmel Township, Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (Pa.).  He is the oldest son of Thomas and Margaret (McGinn) Noble and my great uncle.

When it comes to his marriage there was an interesting anomaly.  The church register of Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC church in Mt. Carmel states that Edward married Elizabeth Roney on 23 June 1903.  In the 1900 Us Federal census, the household of Edward Noble consists of:

  • Edward Nolle [Noble], head, born Apr 1877, age 23, married 1 year
  • Lizzie Nolle [Noble], wife, born Apr 1879, age 21, married 1 year
  • Gertrude Nolle [Noble], daughter, born May 1900, age 0/12

Some thoughts I had was that there may have been a civil marriage in 1899 or they may have been living together, finally making it legal in 1903.  Unless I can find a marriage license record in the courthouse, this is probably a mystery that will never be resolved. The couple is still together and in the same household in 1910.

The next oddity encountered with Edward is that he is enumerated without his wife and child[ren] in all the remaining available US censuses.  In 1918, he lists his next of kin on his draft card as his father, Thomas. At first I thought his wife died, but his daughter was not present in any of these census records either.

In 1920 and 1930, he lived with his father (who died in 1931) and in 1940, he is living with my grandfather, William J. Noble in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pa. I don’t remember him living with us when my mother and I lived with my grandparents in Philadelphia during 1944/45, while my father was serving in the military.

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Death Certificate of Edward Francis Noble died 26 May 1953

It was not until I found Edward’s wife’s death certificate that I discovered the answer. Elizabeth Agnes Roney Noble died on 9 October 1952 in Haverford, Delaware Co., Pa. with a marital status of separated. Edward died seven months later on 26 May 1953 in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland, Pa. His marital status at death was widowed. He is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #49 David Theodore Meisberger

Posted on December 10, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to his baptismal record from St. Edward’s RC church and his WWI and WWII Draft Registrations, David Theodore Meisberger was born 7 July 1886 in Brady (aka Johnson City or Ranshaw), Northumberland County (Co.), Pennsylvania (Pa.).  He is the youngest son of Theobald C. Meisberger and Mary C. (Strausser) Meisberger.

St. Edward’s church register states that David married Mary (aka Mayme) Francis Quinn on 2 December 1908 in Coal Township, Northumberland Co., Pa. Prior to Mayme’s death on 14 February 1929, they had five (5) children: John Meisberger (abt. 1910 – ?), William T. Meisberger (1912 – 1976), Vera [Veronica] Meisberger Harris (1914 – 1986), Theodore Meisberger (abt. 1918 – 1977), and Joan Meisberger Chichilla (abt. 1926 – 2000).

During his life, Edward was a teacher, graduating with a teaching degree from Bloomsburg Normal School in 1907. He served in various teaching positions in the Coal Township School District, finally achieving Superintendent of Schools for the district.

He also acquired property. I have several deeds for property David purchased and/or sold. One in particular is a sale to the Diocese of Harrisburg for property to be held in trust for St. Anthony’s church in Coal Township, presumably to build a church. He sold this property to the church in 1919 for $7500. I have a copy of his original purchase of this property in 1912 for which he paid $275. He sounds like a shrewd businessman.

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Deed – David Theodore Meisberger to Rt. Rev. Philip R. McDevitt, Trustee, Bishop, Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., 14 November 1919

 

On 27 May 1955, David died in Ranshaw, Northumberland Co. and on 31 May 1955, he was buried in St. Edward’s Cemetery located in Shamokin, Northumberland County.

On his death certificate his father is listed as David Theobold Meisberger rather than Theobald Casper Meisberger, with a Mrs. Marie C. Meisberger, as the informant.  Her relationship to the deceased is not known at this time.

I double-checked the death certificates of David’s siblings, all children of Theobald Casper Meisberger, and found the following: for

  • Mary Eva (Meisberger) Gunther, her granddaughter, Lorraine Noble, listed her father as David Meisberger and mother as Mary Strausser;
  • John Albert Meisberger, his brother, David Theodore Meisberger, listed their father as Theobald Casper Meisberger and mother as Mary Catherine Strausser;
  • Margaret E. (Meisberger) Madara, her son, Arthur J. Madara, listed her father as David Miceberger and mother as Mary Strausser;
  • Sara M. (Meisberger) Depner, the informant was a Mary B. Agner, who listed her father as David Meisberger and mother as Mary Strausser;
  • William T. Meisberger, the informant was D.T. [David Theodore] Meisberger, his brother, who now lists their father as David Meisberger and mother as Mary Strausser; and
  • Johanna (Meisberger) Burns, her son, Casper E. Burns, listed her father as David T. Meisberger and mother as Mary Strausser.

Among the siblings, only one death certificate, the one for John Albert Meisberger, listed Theobald Casper Meisberger as their father.  David Theodore Meisberger was the informant and David then changed their father to David when he was the informant for William T. Meisberger. Except for these death certificates not one document that I have for Theobald Casper Meisberger shows his name as David Theodore (Theobold or Theobald).  This includes his birth certificate, marriage record, all census records, several deeds, his will and tombstone. How does one reconcile this anomaly? Why wouldn’t his children know his name?

 

Week 49 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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52 Ancestors: #48 Theobald Casper Meisberger (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on December 2, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Monument of Theobald C. Meisberger, St. Edward’s Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland, PA

According to his birth certificate, my 2nd great-grandfather, Theobald C. Meisberger was born in Steinbach, Rhenish Prussia on the 25th of December 1837.  He was the eldest son of Michel Meisberger [Sr.] and Margarethe Bettinger. Today, Steinbach is an area in Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany.

Theobald Meisberger emigrated from Prussia, departing the Havre and arriving in New York on 23 June 1854.  Michael Meisberger, [Jr.], his brother, emigrated from Prussia departing the Havre and arriving in New York on 4 September 1854.  Theobald and Michael, [Jr.] were both naturalized on the same day—6 August 1860.  Michael Meisberger, [Sr.], their father, was their witness. He had arrived in the US prior to his sons and was naturalized in 1 November 1858.

Theobald married Mary Catherine Strausser, daughter of Peter and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser, on 15 April 1860 at St. Edward’s RC Church in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Together, they gave the following children:  Eva Mary Gunther (1861 – 1941), John A. (1862 – 1936), Emily Margaret Madara (1864 – 1928), Elizabeth Sara M. Depner (1866 – 1948), Clara Ida (1867 1871), William T. (1869 – 1929), Johanna Burns (1871 – 1957), Clara Elizabeth (1873 – 1876), and David Theodore (1886 – 1955).

The 1860, 1870 and 1880 US censuses show Theobald’s occupation as a miner. The 1900 US census lists his occupation as grocer.  This census was enumerated only a couple of weeks prior to his death.

In 1873, Theobald was elected Constable of Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania and he, also, purchased his first lot, partitioned it, and built a house on the second lot, which he then sold to his in-laws, Peter and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser.  In 1890, he purchased this lot and house back from them right before Peter’s death. Sarah followed Peter in 1893.

Although a coal miner during his lifetime, Theobald managed to acquire sufficient land to bequeath a house and lot each to Andrew and Eva Mary (Meisberger) Gunther, George and Sarah Magdalena (Meisberger) Depner, Dennis and Johanna (Meisberger) Burns, William Theodore Meisberger, and David Theobald Meisberger. Later, of course, William lost his house and lot in a sheriff’s sale to satisfy a breach of promise lawsuit.

In an 1897 Souvenir of St. Edward’s Church booklet, Theobald is listed as one of the founding church members, who was present and contributed to the church from 1866 until his death. Theobald Casper Meisberger died on 13 June 1900 and is buried in range 12, lot 21 of St. Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin.

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Photo of modern Steinbach, Ottweiler, Saarland, Germany, birthplace of Theobald Casper Meisberger

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #47 Christopher Aloysius Noble (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 25, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Headstone of Christopher Noble and his wife, Margaret (Lynch) Noble, St. Mary’s Cemetery in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA

Christopher Aloysius Noble was born on 18 Dec 1879 in Locust Gap, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (PA) and he was baptized in St. Joseph’s Church in Locust Gap on Christmas Day, 25 Dec 1879. He is the son of Thomas Noble (my earlier post can be found at http://www.oldbonesgenealogy.com/52-ancestors-27-my-great-grandfather-thomas-noble/) and Margaret McGinn and, he is my great-uncle.

The 1880, 1900 and 1910 US censuses have him living in the household of his father and mother. Christopher married Margaret Lynch on 16 Jul 1913 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Mount Carmel, Northumberland, PA. They had the following children:  a still born male (1914 – 1914), Margaret (abt. 1915 – ?), Anna (abt. 1817 – ?), Catherine (abt. 1919 – ?), Thomas (abt. 1921 – ?), Elizabeth (abt. 1923 – ?), a still born female (1923 – 1923), Rose (abt. 1925 – ?), Christopher Jr. (abt. 1927 – ?), Gertrude (abt. 1929 – ?), Edward (abt. 1933 – ?), and Leonard (abt. 1935 – ?).

According to his death certificate, Christopher died on 8 Oct 1957 in the Ashland Hospital in Butler Township, Schuylkill County, PA and is buried in St. Mary’s cemetery in Mt. Carmel.

 

 

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52 Ancestors: #46 John Albert Meisberger (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 18, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Footstone of John A. Meisberger, St. Edward’s Cemetery, Shamokin, Northumberland, Pa.

John Albert Meisberger was born 28 August 1862 in Pennsylvania, most likely in Northumberland County. He is the son of Theobald Meisberger and Mary Catherine (Strausser) Meisberger, and, he is my 2nd great-uncle.  He is also the uncle of John Albert Gunther, whom I wrote about in my last 52 Ancestors post. My records hold very little information about John A. Meisberger.

He was single his whole life and left no known children.  The 1870, 1880 and 1900 US censuses have him living in the household of his father and mother. His mother died in 1897 so she was not in the 1900 US census.  In the 1910 US census, John, age 48, is living in the household of his brother-in-law, Dennis Burns. Dennis is the spouse of Johanna Meisberger Burns, John’s sister.  In the 1930 US census, John is the head of his own household that consists of himself and a housekeeper. I have been unable, so far, to find him in the 1920 US census.

He died on 31 March 1936 in Shamokin, Northumberland, PA and is buried in St. Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin.

 

 

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Society Saturday – Online Books & Primary Documents

Posted on November 15, 2014 in Local Societies, Society Saturday

Society Saturday – Online Books & Primary Documents CCGSLogo The Carroll County Genealogical Society’s upcoming meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM features Sandra MacLean Clunies, CG, who has been certified by BCG since 1993 and has served as President of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG and on the APG Board of Directors. A past winner of the NGS Family History Writing Contest and the APG Grahame T. Smallwood Award of Merit, she currently serves as an officer for several lineage societies at the state and national level.

Sandy will be presenting Online Books & Primary Documents.  The explosion of digital copies of classic books and primary documents means convenient access to information. But how do you find items in hundreds of electronic libraries? Learn some of the tips for searching and downloading from both free and subscription sites.

Meetings of the Carroll County Genealogical Society (CCGS) are held the third Monday of each month, March through May and September through November, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dixon Room, Westminster Library at 50 East Main Street, Westminster.  The meetings are free and open to the public. An annual dinner is held each June and a holiday party each December.  These are for members and their guests, with reservations made in advance.

Please come to our meeting and bring a friend.  You will meet other folks interested in family research and genealogy and enjoy delightful talks that may help you in your own research.  I look forward to seeing new faces!

You can also come early and take advantage of our large collection of books and other materials housed at the Westminster Branch of the CCPL.  On Thursday afternoons, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., one or more society volunteers will be on hand to assist researchers. Of course, this collection is available to all anytime the library is open.

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The CCGS Genealogy Section at the Westminster Branch Library. Photo by Eileen Souza

 

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Family Recipe Friday – Mom’s Sticky Buns

Posted on November 14, 2014 in Family Recipes

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One of my favorite food memories is coming home from Church on a Sunday morning to the smell of freshly baked sticky buns.  This recipe is my Mom’s and uses both chopped nuts and raisins but they are optional This recipe makes 12 buns.

Mom’s Sticky Buns

Ingredients

Amount       Measure        Ingredient 

6tablespoons  Butter

1 1/4            cups                dark molasses (I prefer Karo)

1/4               cup                  dark brown sugar

3                  cups                 flour

4                  teaspoons       baking powder

1 1/2           teaspoons       salt

1/2              cup                   shortening (I use Crisco solid shortening)

1                  cup                   milk

1/2              cup                   nuts, chopped fine (Optional)

2/3             cup                   raisins or chopped dates (Optional)

Directions

Raisin Filling

Combine 1/2 cup molasses, 1/3 cup raisins, and 2 tablespoons melted butter.  Set aside.

Topping

Mix the remaining molasses, butter, raisins, nuts and brown sugar in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 1 minute.  Pour Topping into a lightly greased 9″ square baking pan.

Dough

Sift flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut in shortening.  Add milk to make a soft dough.  Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12- by 8-inch rectangle, 3/4-inch thick. Spread with the Raisin Filling. Roll up filled dough from 1 long side, jelly-roll style.  Pinch edge of dough to seal and cut into 12 slices. Place buns, cut-side down, on Topping.

Bake at 375 F 45 minutes.  Immediately invert the pan onto a serving platter.  Let stand for 5 minutes to set the topping, and then lift off the pan. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.

 

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52 Ancestors: #45 John Albert Gunther (Tombstone Tuesday)

Posted on November 11, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History
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Headstone of J. Albert Gunther & his wife, Esther E. (Chamberlain) Gunther, Row 12, Lot 16

 

John Albert Gunther was born 26 June 1891 in Ranshaw, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Andrew Gunther and Mary E. (Meisberger) Gunther and, he is my great-uncle.

On 21 June 1915, he married Esther E. Chamberlain of Northumberland Co., PA. They had the following children:  John Albert, Jr. (1917 – ?), Virginia (1918 – ?), Rita (1919 – ?), Marguerite (1921 – ?), Andrew J. (1922 – 1998), William (1924 – ?), Roy Vincent (abt. 1926 – ?), Theodore (1928 – ?), Leon (1928 – ?), Lawrence (1930 – ?), Louis Edward (1932 – ?) and Rose Marie (1934 – ?). Leon and Theodore may be twins since their ages given in the 1930 US census were both 1 and 8/12.

John Albert Gunther also went by the names of John A. Gunther, J. Albert Gunther and Albert J. Gunther in many of the records. He has draft registration cards for both WWI and WWII but does not appear to have served in the military for either conflict.  His occupation was that of an insurance agent for the Prudential Insurance Company.

He died on 2 February 1960 in Shamokin, Northumberland, PA. He is buried with his wife in St. Edward’s cemetery in Shamokin.

 

 

Week 45 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.

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(Not So) Wordless Wednesday – Mom & Dad on a Date?

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Family Memories, Family Photos

For me, this theme will be used to share my family photos and to post my mystery photos in hopes that someday I’ll be able to solve them.

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Aug. 22, 1940, Marguerite Noble and William C. Furlani

 

This photo is of my father, William C. Furlani and my mother, Marguerite Noble.  The photo is dated Aug. 22, 1940. This is prior to their marriage in 1941. The location where this photo is taken is not known but is probably in the area of Coal Township and Mount Carmel in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

 

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52 Ancestors: #44 Guglielmo Giulio Furlani, the Brother that Disappeared

Posted on November 4, 2014 in 52Ancestors, Family History

According to family lore, Guglielmo is supposed to have come over to the US with his two brothers to New York.  He then went to South America either directly from New York or from Mount Carmel, PA.  My father seemed to think he stayed in New York for several months before he went to South America and was never heard from again.  My father also said that this is the brother he was named after as Guglielmo is Italian for William.

According to his baptismal record, Guglielmo Giulio was born on 12 March 1886 and baptized on 13 March 1886 in Vigolo Vattaro, Tyrol, Austria, which is now Vigolo Vattaro, Trentino Province, Italy. The Southern Tyrol was ceded to Italy in the Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI.  His godparents were gf. Gulielmo Tamanini and gm. Giuliotta Furlani.

“He came to the US with his two brothers…”

Guglielmo was the first of the three brothers to enter the US. Departing from Antwerp, he arrived in New York on 14 May 1907 on the ship the Finland.  Candido followed arriving on 2 December 1907 on the ship La Gascogne from Havre. Finally, Giovanni arrived on 20 October 1912 on the ship Philadelphia from Southampton.

“He went to South America either before or after staying a while in New York…”

I have a copy of a postcard sent from Vigolo Vattaro by an aunt to Mount Carmel, Northumberland, Pennsylvania that is addressed to him date the 30th December. It was sent after the arrival of Candido in Mount Carmel, since Candido also received a postcard from the same aunt, evidence that Guglielmo was present in Mount Carmel for some unknown time period. His entry on the ship’s manifest for his arrival into the US also states his final destination as Mount Carmel to meet with a cousin, Buoinutto [sp?] Dallabrida.

I found him in the 1910 Census in Colorado.  He was staying in a miner’s camp with Louis Manapace, Alex Manapace, Modesto Pasquale and Giovanni Girardi. Tercio Camp seems to be the city/town of Tercio near Stonewall, CO today. Manapace and Girardi are some surnames from the village of Vigolo Vattaro and the surrounding region. I have not found him in any later census records.

“…and was never heard from again”

I have been unable to find any additional records for Guglielmo so far. He left before the photos were taken in 1915 of all the males who came to Mount Carmel from Vigolo Vattaro, so I have no photos of Guglielmo.

 

 

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